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Lemon Basil

Lemon Basil in the flower garden that borders our house. This is our first year growing Lemon Basil but so far it seems easy to grow in our region (7), and we haven't really had any problem growing it. Lemon basil gets tiny white flowers that grow in clusters along an erect stalk, they look nice and attract small butterflies and bees.

It has grown pretty easily without much attention other than water. Ours is growing in an area that I would describe as bright shade most of the day, with evening sun. We do have one very small unknown caterpillar species that is eating on it.

Our lemon basil is growing in the ground, but it could also be planted in planters. The tag said they could be planted in window planters, but ours has grown to 30" tall, so that does not seem very practical for most windows.

The leaves are edible and smell wonderful. They can be added to many dishes, but are most frequently used tomato based dishes.

Common Name: Lemon Basil
Scientific Name: ocimum basilicum

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